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Elizabeth Warren proposes criminal penalties for spreading 'disinformation' to voters online

This is rich coming from someone who has been caught in a lot of mistruths

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Democratic presidential candidate and former Native American Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) has laid out a new plan for punishing people who share "misleading" information online, proposing criminal penalties for those who spread "disinformation" on voting.

What are the details?

On Wednesday, Warren's campaign issued the details on her website, where the bureaucracy-lover promised to hold tech companies (and anyone else) responsible for the spread of "disinformation" and vowed to require the firms to ramp up monitoring of users' accounts — calling out Facebook in particular for its "troubling" practice of allowing "users to instantaneously share information in groups."

Warren also said her administration would involve the federal government in taking an active role in controlling online speech, and vowed to implement "tough" criminal penalties for "knowingly disseminating false information about when and how to vote in U.S. elections."

Conservatives were quick to pick up on the irony of Warren's new proposals.

Logan Hall, the Daily Caller's social media manager, shared the news of Warren's free speech crack-down plan in a tweet along with a picture showing a New York Post headline noting that Warren just a few months ago had to delete her "infamous" tweet bragging about the Native American heritage she claimed to have her entire life until she was caught.

Of course, after disclosing that she is likely anywhere from 1/32nd to 1/1024th Native America, she finally apologized amid backlash for the "disinformation" that she was Native American all those years.

The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti did a great job of detailing how "Warren herself has effectively contributed to the spread of disinformation online on several memorable occasions."

Beyond her fake Native American heritage, Zanotti noted, Warren has falsely claimed on the campaign trail to have been previously fired from a teaching job for being pregnant, and also lied about sending her children "exclusively" to public schools.

Anything else?

Warren, the mastermind behind the business-strangling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has made tech firms her next target of massive regulation.

CNBC reported that the Democrat from Massachusetts "has been an advocate for breaking up big tech companies like Amazon and Facebook," and "has said that she wants to make 'big structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition.'"

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